Prepare Your Linux Desktops In Less Time
Linux Desktop implementation on large scale takes a longer time. Facilitating users with there specific needs is even more time-consuming. For eg. in any enterprise when openoffice is installed along with Linux there are many macros, shorcut keys and formatting styles which are, many times, common for almost all users. We can simply do it by copying user profiles.
We can create those facilities in one users PC and apply them to all other users’.
You can Follow these easy steps to save your time on same :
Create all your macros, shortcut keys and formatting styles in openoffice on one desktop.
Thereafter open nautilus (file browser) and go to home folder of the user
Note : all the operations performed here-after are to be performed as a root or an administrative user.
if user xyz have customized openoffice elements then go to “/home/xyz/”
Note : “.(d0t)” indicates that file is hidden. To see hidden files in nautilus press ctrl + h
or if user root have customized openoffice then go to /root/
copy .openoffice.org folder
Paste .openoffice.org folder to different users folder (on a same computer or different computer doesn’t matter)
if the other user is abc then go to “/home/abc”
rename .openoffice.org to .openoffice.org.old
and paste .openoffice.org folder there (in /home/abc)
so now you will have two folders .openoffice.org and .openoffice.org.old in /home/abc
Important note :
You will have to change ownership of newly pasted folder
We can do it from nautilus (file browser) but it doesn’t affect all the enclosed folders so it will unnecessarily be a lengthy process.
So its better to do it from pseudo terminal
Press alt + F2 – type gnome-terminal – press enter (or click on run button)
type following command in pseudo terminal
chwon -R abc:abc /home/abc/.openoffice.org
do it in same way for other users
You can also follow same procedure for other applications also
Applications like mozilla firefox and evolution also have their profile folders in user’s home folder.
In case of Mozilla firefox we can provide smiliar themes, bookmarks and toolbar buttons to all users
In case of evolution we can provide similar structure of folders and rules to all users.
Have a happy migration. Have fun. Your comments and feedback are welcome. Read more at technology blog.
About The Author
Satish Kumar is the Founder of Pyrite Technologies Private Limited. He is very passionate about writing Technology and Troubleshoot issues in CoolPCTips. He also writes at SEOsiren.com on free search engine traffic strategies.
Anil Kumar October 9, 2013
I agree with Srikanth that the images should be larger for better view.. otherwise the post is really great and well explained..
great post sir, i really would love to try this
It would be more handy if the images were bit larger..
Anyways thanks for the tut…! 🙂